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Old 05-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #376
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Great report! I'm seriously impressed that you guys ride 2 up on that terrain...awesome!

Thanks for showing me new places I need to explore in DV!
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #377
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Holy Cow, those vids are insane!!! You guys just banzai through that stuff like it was nothing. I'm sitting in a chair watching & hanging on....

Thanks for another great Wans RR. You are definitely in a class of your own. Waiting for the next one....
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #378
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Wow! Hi'ya Wans, Those videos are pretty dang good; your getting pretty good at that video work. I been following along scouring my DV map checking out all the cool places, and I must say I would take my big orange on about 80 % of that stuff... the rest is well um... since I am vertically challenged some of those spot, well good thing Matt has long legs That last bit is outside the DVP I think. and somehow I missed the "where the Hell is the Marble Tub" part.

I sure remember this little episode; sure don't want a do over

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...T/IMG_4823.jpg

You two are AWESOME, always enjoy riding along vicariously.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #379
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Thanks for the latest DV fix, should last at least a week! Where to next?
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:06 PM   #380
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Hi Little Wan & Big Wan. Just catching up on the latest Viewed all of the earlier posts while I was at home on the couch with a little leg injury. Kept me entertained for hours. I was watching the video of one of the sandy roads, you guys were fly'n. I was thinking " man that front is so planted" and just after that it washed out and you almost disappeared off the road I like those Pirrelli fronts as well. Hey Matt, what pressure do you run the front at ?
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:21 AM   #381
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Once again, AWESOMENESS

at it's best. Thanks for a great RR and for sharing.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #382
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Thanks for the RR love, you guys!


Been trying to rest my typing claws, but we appreciate all the sweet comments!

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Viewed all of the earlier posts while I was at home on the couch with a little leg injury. Hey Matt, what pressure do you run the front at ?
Hey Phil! Uh oh. Leg injury? Hope it's not serious. Only 2 months til your TAT trip, right??
Matt says he runs 33-34psi in the front, 37 in the back.
And we still dent the hell out of our rims! even our woody's A60 superlaced front...



Ronin120 - that’s so cool you met hanksmybuddy!
Are you Pete or Mike or Dave?




Oldtrucks - glad you got to re-live the Swansea steps! Isn’t that video just like being there?

Rwelch360 - you weren’t lurking, you were fully involved and actively participating!
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Do you ever wish for a brake pedal of your own like the drivers training cars? Or maybe an ejection seat?
trailrider383 - man, that thing IS an ejection seat! Thanks for the fun coaster clip!!
I know you were just kidding around, but what I really need are bigger pegs. My stupid little pegs are too slippery.





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Took my cone out for a ride a few days ago.
Yay, Aimee!
I’m so thrilled you took your guy out for a ride!


larryboy - thanks for all the inspiration and support! and, you’re still the best reference librarian, ever!
P.S. you really changed your sig line? If I thought someone was going to quote that, I would have tried to say it prettier.


Nixels, you made so much popcorn! Wheee! (sorry, don't take that link personally. I didn't find much to work with...I don't think you like techno music or stringing xmas decorations)

Thanks HairBear, Eyes Shut, avocadofarmer (
interesting ADV name!) and VFR!
So glad you guys enjoyed the report!



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I been following along scouring my DV map checking out all the cool places...
Thanks for all the nice comments, Sam!
we were happy to have you along!

Death Valley had so much BOOTY to offer - I was amazed.



Here's a quick list of fun things for you (Sam, avocadofarmer, all you DV trip planners) to keep an eye out for...


-Cabins! Matt and I saw a bunch, but there are at least 6 more that we didn't visit...
-The playboy magazine in south park canyon.
-The cone up on lippincott.
-The marble bathtub
-U2 shrine
-Ballarat cemetery (there's a Rhyolite cemetery, too - we haven't seen that one)
-Booty, Ballarat-style poster on the wall of the store, the uncensored version
-the unsolved challenges from rider914

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If yer still out there, here are a couple more quests...




And...

-The goldfish pond. Matt wanted to do underwater pics of the fish, but I see it's already been done!

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Rob, those are awesome!! why didn't you post those when I said we were too chicken to put our camera in the water?


- Bighorns (don't be fooled by little horns, like we were )
- Dangly balls and meat curtains at the hot springs
- the cute burro with the notched ear


and, all the Monkey-fighting awesome riding, of course!!




Looking forward to seeing this stuff in upcoming DV ride reports from you guys
(that's a messed up sentence, but you know what I mean)


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Thanks for the latest DV fix, should last at least a week! Where to next?
Hey Bob, how's Zion??

Tomorrow we leave for the Mendo Rally, and matt's doing the sheetiron, but after that...
no plans.
Idaho has popped up and is starting to flutter around our peripherals, but nothing solid yet.



We blew out our rear shock on one of these DV trips, so matt brought it in to SPS and got a new spring while he was at it.
Now the bike is even TALLER than before.
He's tippy toeing it by himself; just barely on the balls of his feet with me and some gear...


This Mendo rally is going to be interesting...
my ankles are scared...


Okay, you guys -
great seeing you again!
take care

little wan
big wan




P.S. Hi Redog1! oh, you're welcome. thanks for reading along!

LittleWan screwed with this post 05-02-2012 at 03:34 PM Reason: monkey-fighting typos, grrrr...
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:01 PM   #383
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Jill is saying she would like bigger/ not so slippery pegs also.

Maybe I will have the guys at Jp metal make us a set each.

Let's talk this weekend !
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:11 PM   #384
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[/COLOR]Hey Phil! Uh oh. Leg injury? Hope it's not serious. Only 2 months til your TAT trip, right??
[COLOR=DarkOrange]Matt says he runs 33-34psi in the front, 37 in the back.
And we still dent the hell out of our rims! even our woody's A60 superlaced front...



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[/QUOTE]Not too serious, Not broken anyway. We were away riding with another mate over Easter weekend. On a really dusty road, we slowed and turned up a sidetrack but he didnt see us until it was too late. Luckily nothing hit Dawn. My leg took a big hit. At least it stopped the bike from getting damaged. There were quite a few "muther father" and "son on the beach" moments And a very long 3 hour ride to home.
We fly out to the US on August 11th
I have been running around 35psi in my front as well although have droppped into the low 20's in muddy stuff.
Cant understand why you would be denting your rims
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #385
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Hey Wans,

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Ronin120 - that’s so cool you met hanksmybuddy!
Are you Pete or Mike or Dave?
Dave. The slow one. Pete's my brother and Mike's a good buddy. Sorry we missed you guys!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:47 AM   #386
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Rob, those are awesome!! why didn't you post those when I said we were too chicken to put our camera in the water?




Busy, busy and I'm using a borrowed laptop during the week. Lousy excuse, I've been reading!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:48 PM   #387
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My leg took a big hit. At least it stopped the bike from getting damaged.
We fly out to the US on August 11th
Wow, Phil!! We're super excited for you guys. Hope you do a ride report!
p.s. Heal up fast!

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Sorry we missed you guys!
Sorry we missed you, too, Dave. Especially since you came all the way from MD!

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Busy, busy and I'm using a borrowed laptop during the week. Lousy excuse, I've been reading!!
Aw, Rob. We're good. You've been our top supporter!!
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Jill is saying she would like bigger/ not so slippery pegs also.
Let's talk this weekend !
So, Matt had the best idea for my pegs.
He's going to add a row of grub screws along the top. That will be perfect!
That's really all I need. Just something to keep the rubber from being super slippery.






So we survived Mendo - no crashes, even with the new taller suspension. Whew.
My ankles are happy and safe.
It rained on our way up there, and being in the forest was a bit of a shock after Death Valley...
Also, we were riding with people this time.
It was different, but still really good.

All in all, it was a super fun rally!! My very first ADV rally and I had a blast.


The organizers did an awesome job and everyone was really friendly and welcoming. It was great.
If they have a Mendo Rally 2013, make sure you check it out.
Our mini ride report here.



Matt made a really fun highlight video from the friday/saturday rides.
I'll share it here, since I don't think many of you are reading the Mendo thread...
(not HD, but watch it in 480 if you can)






Doesn't that make you want to get out and ride??


Summer is almost here, you guys!
Go have a great one!

♥ LW & BW
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:23 PM   #388
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Fantastic video

Big Wan, what is the music you used for that? Perfect energy
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:31 PM   #389
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Hey dustyrider,
I was just over in the Mendo thread, answering that very question!

copied and pasted...

Glad you liked the music!
Actually, there are 2 bands/songs in there.
First:
Plankton Man (a.k.a. Nino Astronauta) - "Cosmonauta"

Second:
Tribuman & Akai4000 - "La Difference"




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Old 05-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #390
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I love the beginning where Matt waved the guys past, the promptly went up and passed them both not he trail!!!
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